By Brad Kane
February 10, 2014
As Dan Esty departs his position as Connecticut’s top energy and environmental officer, he says it’s important his successors continue to push for new energy infrastructure throughout New England.
“I wish I had gotten that further down the track,” Esty said. “I have worked hard over the last three years to get the New England governors to come together.”
Connecticut and the rest of New England suffer from a lack of electric transmission and natural gas pipelines, a key reason the region’s energy prices are higher than the rest of the nation, save for Alaska and Hawaii.
In December, the six New England governors announced a new partnership designed to make the pathways to transmission construction and pipeline expansions easier. Esty said keeping that momentum going for the next several years will have lasting impact on energy costs.
“There is no doubt that we need to expand infrastructure,” said Marc Brown, executive director of the New England Ratepayers Association. Read more…